UVA Student Found Dead

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

November 19, 2005

Charlottesville Police is investigating the death of a University of Virginia student. She was a 20-year-old student who worked at a local bar and restaurant in town.

"This is definitely the weirdest thing in my four years at UVA," said Adam Long, a fourth year student at the University of Virginia.

A student was found dead inside an apartment on Friday, November 18.

"We heard sirens in my house, and we came outside to look," added Long.

It was around 10 a.m. on Friday when Charlottesville Police arrived at University Court.

"I don't know, maybe five [or] six police officers, as well as some paramedics, and some other people in plain clothes who looked they had some kind of black medical bags," said Long.

The body belonged to Michelle Elizabeth Collier, a 20-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student. She was found by a housemate.

"She worked at a place in town where a lot of people usually go to have drinks and stuff," said Long.

The 'Biltmore Grill' near the Corner is where she worked. Employees we spoke to off camera said they are heart-broken and that Collier was a good person. They were sad to hear she's gone.

According to police, there was no evidence of assault or trauma to Collier's body.

While the investigation continues, unknown officials were back at the apartment one day later, seen taking items out of the apartment in black bags. They were also seen loading the bags into a sports utility vehicle registered to New York State.

We checked in with police Saturday evening, and they tell us the investigation is ongoing. No other details will be given until the report from an autopsy is released.

Police also tell us that it could be several more weeks before the details of that autopsy are released.

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